As noted in a recent blog, local media seems to care more when white people are shot, and often provides comparatively little coverage when Hispanics or African-Americans like those who dominate a list of Denver homicide victims during the first half of 2009 are slain. That was certainly the case for twenty-year-old Billy Ortiz, who was shot and killed in early June. A web search for his name and specifics turns up only a couple of clips like this one from Channel 31, leaving his friends to pay tribute to him on his MySpace page.
Nevertheless, Ortiz' loved ones haven't given up on finding his killer -- and they're getting an assist from the Denver Police Department. At 4 p.m. tomorrow, August 12, volunteers will gather at the District Four police station to pass out fliers seeking information about the murder, and the media is invited. Here's hoping some journalists show up.
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The Denver Police Department and the family and friends of Billy Ortiz invite the media as we gather together to seek out information in his senseless killing.
On June 5, 2009 at approximately 8:42 p.m. in the area of 2400 S. Federal Boulevard, Billy Ortiz was parked and sitting in his vehicle when he was approached by an unknown Hispanic male. A verbal altercation ensued; the suspect pulled out a hand gun and viciously shot Billy in the head. Billy was rushed to the hospital where he died from his injuries the following morning.
We will meet on August 12, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. at the District Four Police Station located at 2100 S. Clay Street. Volunteers from the community in both Denver and Sheridan, Billy's family and friends, as well as Officers and Detectives from District Four will participate in the mass distribution of flyers asking for information.